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What’s on Sat 16 and Sun 17 June 2018

Auckland for Kids weekend what's on guide

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June 2018

Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand

Saturday Events

 World Juggling Day


Albert Park, Auckland
Saturday 16 June 2018: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
The New Zealand Juggling Association

A special day to celebrate all things juggling, Come along with your clubs, balls, diabolos, staff, poi, frisbee, food, drinks and a picnic blanket. There will be passing, combat, and also a toss up!



Saturday and Sunday Events

Aotea Square Ice Rink, Ice Slide & Ice Bar


Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 16 June to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 10:00pm 

Tickets available at the rink

Your winter wonderland in Aotea Square Ice Rink is back with a series of fun events. Skate or slide against the backdrop of downtown Auckland and experience the magic. For the first time, an Ice Bar will be open to all ages offering cocktails and yummy mocktails. Illuminated sculptures Pou Rama (light posts) will sit beside Aotea Square Ice Rink throughout Matariki Festival (Māori New Year).

Aotea Square Ice Rink Tickets*: Children (under 12 years) $16; Adults; $21; Family pass (1 adult + 2 children) $49; Family pass (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) $55.

Aotea Square Ice Slide Tickets: 3x rides – $7.50; 5x rides $9; 5x rides after 6pm  $5

Aotea Square Ice Bar Tickets: Child entry and mocktail $15; Adult entry and mocktail (age 13+) $23; Adult entry and cocktail $30; Adult entry and two cocktails  $35; Single family (1 adult + 2 children) and a mocktail each  $49; Single family (1 adult + 3 children) and a mocktail each $69; Family (2 adults + 2 children) and a mocktail each  $69

Night Lights at MOTAT


MOTAT, 805 Great North Road and Meola Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June 2018: 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Kick off the Matariki festivities in radiant style with this spectacular illumination event at MOTAT. Come prepared to be awed by a brilliant array of displays and artworks inspired by the objects in the Museum’s collection. The engaging interpretations created by local artists see transport and technology artefacts represented in a completely new light. Installations are complemented by light activations such as projection mapping, shadow play areas, illuminated heritage buildings and vintage trams festooned with fairy lights. Live performances throughout the museum celebrate Māori and Pasifika cultures and popular food truck Puha and Pākehā will be onsite serving up their signature Māori dishes with a modern twist.


Cost: Under 5’s are FREE; Children 5 years plus and Students $5; Adults $10



Secret World of Butterflies


Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 16 June 2018 onwards

Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns as new exhibition Secret World of Butterflies takes flight. View thousands of butterflies from the Shannon Collection, on display for the first time. Be amazed by these stunning insects in this family-friendly exhibition that reveals unbelievable butterfly facts and is packed full of interactive activities. Zoom in on nature’s designs or create your own butterfly and unleash it into a magical digital garden.

Cost: FREE for Aucklanders




Hilton Auckland Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, Auckland, New Zealand  map
Saturday 16 June  to Friday 13 July 2018

BODY WORLDS is the Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies – seen by 45 million visitors globally.  Vital explores the wonders of human health and wellbeing.

Cost: Children (0 to 4 years) FREE; Children 5 to 15 years $15; Student $25; Adults and Seniors $28; Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children).

Sunday Events

LEGO Fan Display


Kohia Terrace School, 3 Kohia Terrace, Epsom, Auckland
Sunday 17 June 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Fun interactive LEGO® 4X4 cars you can drive. Exciting new displays of Dr. Who, Trains, Boats, Planes, Technic, Friends, Star Wars, Classic Space, Thunderbirds & much more. Talk to the creators and LEGO® enthusiasts. Competitions to build your own creations, bring them in for judging and prizes.  Buckets of LEGO® to play with, thanks to Toyco.

Tickets: $8 .  Fundraising for the Kolonga Government Primary School in Tonga after the devastation of Cyclone Gita earlier in the year.


Matariki Dawn


Stardome, Auckland
Sunday 17 June 2018: 7:00pm

In celebration of Matariki, catch the popular Matariki Dawn show. Using the planetarium technology, learn more about this important open star cluster and practical astronomy. Fly out to Matariki and learn the Maori names of the seven visible stars, find out why we see Matariki at certain times of the year and why the lunar calendar is important. The show includes the animated tale of Rangi and Papatuanuku and the story of Rona and the Moon. Sit back and listen to the story of the shadows on the Moon came to be as Marama the Moon captured Rona and held her in punishment for her angry outburst.


Tickets: Child $10; Student $10; Adult $12; Family (2 adults and 3 children) $40


Free Drift Carting with Little Drifters


Howick Leisure Centre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick, Auckland
Sunday 17 June 2018: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Free have a go drift carting event with Little Drifters.  Suitable for ages 4 to 12 years. Closed toe shoes must be worn.


Cost: FREE event


JUMP Sensory Session


2 JUMP locations: North Shore, Avondale and East Tamaki
Sunday 17 June 2018: 9:00am to 10:00am

Sensory session at JUMP for shcildren with special needs and their families.

Cost: $8 per hour for a sensory child under 110cm. One carer per child JUMPs for FREE.


Okura Guided Kayak


1 Okura River Road, Okura, Auckland
Sunday 17 June 2018: 9:00am to Noon (Sea conditions permitting.)

Explore one of Auckland’s marine reserves with an experienced kayak guide. You never know what you might spot! Kayak through mangrove forests. Fun for the whole whanau. Recommended for children 7 years and up. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult participant to ensure adequate ratio. Registrations are essential.


MOTAT Live Road Transport

MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Sunday 17 June 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm

See MOTAT’s operational collection come to life every third Sunday of the month with a great range of family activities.

Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply.